Side Impact Collision Claim *
A side impact collision claim * occurs when one car hits the side of another car. Side impact collisions usually occur from care merging into another cars lane, proceeding through a cross roads or junction without yielding to oncoming cars. All road users have a duty of care to ensure that they are driving safely and do not cause harm to those around them in another vehicle. If you are thinking about making a side impact collision claim you must first be able to prove that you were not responsible and that the accident was caused by another person. In these claims, it can be difficult to determine who was at fault so it is important to gather as much information as possible at the time of the accident.
- Fractures and Breaks
- Neck and back injury
- Head and brain injury
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal damage
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord damage
- Face injuries
- Wrongful Death
Causes of side impact collisions
Speeding is a common cause of many road traffic accidents * as drivers may not have enough time to react in certain situations if they are driver over the designated speed limit. It is important that drivers obey the rules of the road in relation to this as they are putting both their own and other road user’s lives at risk.
Dangerous driving can lead to collisions leaving people with serious injuries. Acting negligently while driving can lead to injuries such as concussion and brain damage. While using the roads it is important that you respect other road users and their health and safety.
Disobeying traffic lights
According to recent statistics published by the AA, just over 7.5% of drivers in Ireland break a red light occasionally. This is a common occurrence which can lead to a collision as it is not up to other road users to anticipate these actions. There is a common expectation that all rules of the road will be followed and failing to obey traffic lights can put the safety of others at risk.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Ireland is among the highest alcohol consuming countries in the EU and 38% of road traffic accidents * have involved drivers who have been under the influence. Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to drive in a safe manner and can increase the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident. If you drive under the influence of alcohol you are 6 times more likely to be involved in a collision.
This is one of the most common causes of side impact collisions *. Those who have been driving for longer distances are more at risk of becoming tired during the journey as they are expected to concentrate on their actions at all times. Fatigue can lead to slower reaction times and reflexes. In more serious cases the driver may fall asleep at the wheel leading to an accident.
Failing to obey rules of the road
There is a universal expectation that all road users will follow the rules of the road at all times. There are times when people do not obey these rules and this is when accidents occur.
Once the dust has settled and you have ensured the you and other people involved are ok, your next step is to call the emergency services and then begin to assemble evidence to support your claim. If you do not have any of these when you speak to a solicitor, your solicitor can help you in gathering this evidence when submitting your claim. Types of evidence that may help are:
If the Gardaí do not show up to the scene, you can go to your local Garda station and report the accident and request a copy of their report.
It is important not to move the cars after the accident, unless necessary. Take photos of the cars as they are showing the impact area and include any surrounding signs, for example, if there was a stop sign or traffic lights close by.
If there were any witnesses to the accident, take their contact details and a statement from them on how the accident happened.
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